So, after around 9 years (ish), it looks as though I’ve finally tired of MMOs. I’m not doing anything grand like ‘giving them up’ or rage quitting or anything, I’ve just gradually stopped playing them. The rot set in with the Riders of Rohan class changes in Lotro, which ruined (for Dimzad) the Runekeeper and made my Loremaster a shadow of herself. We (and some friends) tried ESO, which although it does have some faults, is actually a very good MMO (especially with the amount of changes which have happened and are about to happen) but it didn’t click with them for whatever reason. I did stay on for a while but MMOs just aren’t the same without your friends, so now I’ve stopped too.
And that’s all fine 🙂 MMOs can get a bit treadmill like at times, with the achievement goal posts constantly moving and involving a lot of time to just keep up (which incidentally ESO does/will have a very good way of managing). I’m not saying ‘never again’ and if there’s even a hint of Dimzad and my friends ever returning to Lotro or ESO, I’ll probably be straight back in there 😛 I have been grouping up with a friend, duoing the Dragon Age Multiplayer, and grouping is as fun as ever – so that aspect of it does still very much appeal.
Lotro is still tempting because of well… Middle Earth plus we are part of an extremely nice guild there. ESO, as I’ve said, is a very nicely done MMO and I do like the combat system there, in a year or two when it has a few more Elder Scrolls features (gaaaaaaaaaah Thieves Guild!! Housing!!) it may well too tempting to not play, especially if ES6 hasn’t been released (and I’m not hopeful it will be in that time frame, although… it is possible, if we’re on a 5-6 yr dev cycle). I will admit to currently being tempted by SWToR as the littlun likes playing that and I would like to play through one or two of the class stories… But… I think I will just leave it for now and concentrate on some single player games.
So finishing my Nightmare playthrough of Dragon Age Inquisition and then probably having a break from the single player side for a little while so I can concentrate on trying to get my head around guns in Mass Effect (it’s like learning a foreign language moving from bows to guns). Plus possible replays of DA Origins and DA2 (I can skip through these quite quickly now).
Finishing my Thieves Guild playthrough of Skyrim. I will probably end up doing the main questlines again as I forgot I had bought the Dragonborn DLC. I am still really tempted by a replay of Morrowind…
So Nightmare run DAInq → Mass Effect → Thieves Guild + DLC Skyrim. That’s plenty to be getting on with 🙂 Oh and Pillars of Eternity is looking very good!